SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
……“Sitting in Shirdi Masjid,
Baba had said that there are many paths, but one of the paths
leads to God through Dwarkamayi. When one analyses how Baba
led thousands of people towards God realization at Shirdi
a certain pattern evolves. The basic principles of the Sai
path are based on:
(a) The existence in physical
form of a perfect being known variously as a Perfect Master,
a Sadguru or a Qutub as called by the Sufis. A Qutub simply
means an axis, a pivot around which others, both living and
non-living, revolve. The Perfect Master, having himself experienced
different stages of evolution including that of man has at
last reached the stage of God. However, those among these
perfect beings, who out of infinite compassion, make the greatest
sacrifice of not enjoying the blissful state of God but incarnate
in a human body on earth to serve the imperfect, suffering
humanity are called the Perfect Masters. As Meher Baba has
said, at any point of time there are five Perfect Masters
on the earth in embodied form.
(b) When in human body
they act both as human beings and Gods. As Gods they have
infinite power, infinite knowledge, infinite happiness and
infinite existence. Like God they are Omnipotent, Omnipresent
and Omniscient enjoying the powers of the Almighty. They share
their power, knowledge and pleasure with the millions of human
beings by methods un¬perceivable by human beings and are
known as Leelas or divine miracles. All miracles are based
on the laws of nature, only one has to know, experience and
master it. All the elemental forces of nature like fire, water,
air etc. defined as deities by the Hindus, work under their
command or wish. As Gods they see everything in themselves
and themselves in everything. So they serve everyone without
any differentiation as if they are serving themselves. They
see God in everyone, even though others may not be able to
see God in them. They give infinite love to others and take
infinite pain from others. Once any human being or any species
is linked with them in any manner, they ensure that these
creatures are evolved, life after life till they merge with
God from where they came. This ultimate stage of evolution
is ordinarily known as Mukti or Moksha.
(c) These Perfect Masters
alone are capable of leading human beings to God realization.
They follow what is common and universal in all religions
i.e., humanism based on love. Out of love they not only take
care of the spiritual evolution of the devotees but also their
temporal requirements. Once one has surrendered to them they
look after all needs of the devotee as a mother would do for
a child. They can go to any extent, even to sacrifice their
human body, to protect their children. That’s what Baba did
for many as can be read in Sri Sai Satcharitra, and as experienced
by many. To develop closer and closer link with Him, one has
to develop faith in Him, even patiently under the most trying
circumstances. Also, to develop the qualities of humility,
sacrifice, tolerance and steadfastness in devotion and actions
desired by the Sadguru. One will evolve earlier than others
worshipping too many deities if he follows this path of Guru.
Baba used to give visions to many people in the form of their
deities, like Hanuman, Ganesh etc. which convinced them that
there is no difference between Baba and any other deity or
even God. One can therefore, at the first stage try to see
all deities in Baba, worship Him in the method in which other
deities are worshipped. In short, one should try to see and
seek everything in and from Baba. This path may be difficult
at the initial stage but can certainly be achieved with steadfastness
and faith in Baba. So let us try.”…….
"LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
biography is the practical illustration of what Guru and Sishya
mean and of the principles that govern their conduct and mutual
relation. The marga that Baba followed has puzzled many. Many
asked and ask whether he was a Yogi or a Jnani or a Bhakta
or followed any marga peculiarly his own. Several thought
and think that Baba cannot be classed under any of the divisions
applying to saints and sadhus. As a result of study, aided
by His own grace, one sees at last that he was an adept of
all the margas, though his chief marga, was Bhakti marga,
the special form of it that it described as Guru Marga in
the Guru Gita, and that Jnana and siddhis including yoga siddhis
came in the wake of his Guru bhakti. These will be made clearer
as we advance in the study of Sri Sai’s Life and of his relation
Definition: Guru may be defined as one who imparts information
or gives training to another. Any school teacher or moral
teacher or the one who teaches the way to salvation or mukti
or even teaches mantras for various religious or secular purposes,
high or low, can be called a Guru.
Derivation: The word Guru is a Sanskrit word and a number
of derivations are found especially in Guru Gita, which is
a pad of the Skanda Purana. 'Gu' generally means 'Guna' and
therefore means 'darkness'. 'Ru' denotes the action of destruction
just as fire destroys or removal. So Guru means the dispeller
of darkness or ignorance.
Gu karascha Andhakarastu
Ru karah tannirodhakrit
Guru riti Abhidhiyate
Another derivation says that Guru is one who
takes you from the Gunas to that beyond the Gunas that is,
Arabic and Persian: It is always better especially
when dealing with Sai Baba whose teachings are unique and
cosmopolitan to give the word Guru its equivalents in Arabic
and Persian, as used by Sufis, Murshad is the Sufi equivalent
which Baba himself used. For example Baba said My Murshad
has taken me away from this body, which is but my house. This
means his Guru had destroyed his identification of self with
the body Dehatma buddhi and made him realise that He, the
Atma, is not the body just as the fire which bums the fuel
is different from the fuel, and the seer is not the seen.
The Sufi equivalent for Sishya is Talib and shakir.
Everywhere in the world we find, the usual
practice is to have Gurus.”……
TAKE ME INTO YOUR
To reach you BABA, I know
you made for me, a milestone map.
You started my journey for me to quickly reach your lap.
But, your tests on the way make my energy sap.
I feel lost because Maya around me is a strong wrap.
I talk to you every day to get me out of this trap.
But, like a father, on my knuckles, you give me a rap!
To reach you, I think
now, a million lives is the gap.
Why are you cruel to burden me in this worldly trap?
I own nothing, I want nothing, but your Divine Love to trap.
I hope you are listening to me and not taking a nap!
I am your helpless child Baba, so quickly take me into your
D. Kumar, Patna
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The Day I Lost
I start each day with seeing Baba
in my cell, wishing Him good morning and kissing Him, singing
His songs, and thinking of Him all the time and doing His
puja with Him on my mangalsutra.(one Sai devotee from India
sent me a small silver pendant of Baba to put on a chain,
and I added Him on my mangalsutra with a small gold color
I leave Him on my mangalsutra at
His Lotus Feet of Palarathi Idol (He looks so loving and handsome
with a gold color kireetam and a grand garland around Him)
on my dresser when I go to work. He came from Shirdi to come
into our own house!
I have on my cell phone Baba's
picture and I call my cell as 'my Baba'. I take 'my Baba'
everywhere I go. On last Rakhee day, I was working; and when
I was closing the register at Macy's, my mom called me and
I told her that I was coming out of work so I would call her
from the car, and being in a hurry to go somewhere else, I
put 'my Baba' on the counter and walked out, completely forgetting
Him. The time was 7 p.m.
As I started the car, I looked
for 'my Baba' and couldn't find Him anywhere, in my purse
or in the car. I felt a sharp knife in my heart and as if
I lost everything, including my heart and felt a big black
hole inside, completely empty. I ran frantically into the
work place and started asking everyone if they saw my cell.
Then I remembered I put Him on the counter and ran there,
only to find the counter empty. I asked another employee if
she saw my cell. She said no. Then I saw two Chinese women
walking towards me from the fitting rooms, and one lady said
to me, "here is your cell phone, I saw it here and thought
of giving it to someone". My heart jumped a beat as I
looked at 'my Baba' in her hands, I took it and hugged her
and said: " may God bless you both" and went to
my car. I started thinking... I lost 'my Baba' and that Chinese
woman took it knowing it's not hers but Baba made her come
back and give it to me. I thanked Baba for coming back to
me and opened 'my Baba' and kissed Him. My heart felt normal...
At home my daughter was getting
ready to tie Rakhee to her brother and wore a saree and was
looking for a safety pin on my dresser and saw a small gold
color pin and felt that was too small so she took another
regular sized safety pin from a box. When I came home and
after my shower took my mangalsutra to wear for His puja,
I was shocked to see He wasn't on my mangalsutra. Baba's pendant
was still on the dresser near His palarathi idol. I felt a
sharp pain in my heart and looked at Baba and said "
Oh no Baba , You are not leaving me," and saying so I
took Him and looked for the gold color safety pin, and it
was next to the idol and the pin was closed! I just took Him
and put Him back on my mangalsutra and went to do His puja.
I was thinking someone in my home
wanted a safety pin so took out Baba and took the pin but
changed their mind and left it there.
Later during dinner, I
casually asked my husband if he took the safety pin holding
Baba on my chain. He said no. I asked my son, he also said
no. But my daughter told me that she went to my room, looking
for a safety pin and took a big one but not the small one.
She also said she saw the gold pin next to Baba's idol at
the same time. I got curious and asked her at what time. She
said exactly at 7 pm! Then it struck my matti burra, that
at my work I lost 'my Baba' at 7 pm and at home too He went
away from my mangalsutra at exactly 7 pm too! What can I say?
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The human being has many facets of his personality, Just
as we have a physical personality we also have a spiritual
personality. Our subconscious mind through the realm of spiritualism
guides us at every moment. The lovely morning with the grace
of God is a reminder that he loves you and bestows the power
of doing good deeds for the needy and helpless, who are not
Anand Kumar Tewari, Noida
from Shirdi Baba Manuscript
1. One who has recognised the light of Allah is the true Knower
2. In order to reach a higher stage of God-realisation, it
is necessary to practice renunciation
3. Only the person who has the taste or experience of the
Power of God, can realise God
4. If you triumph over lust and anger, they will not be able
to keep you under their control
5. Love with honour, realising the greatness of the Name of
God, always be happy
6. Before you proceed on the path of Allah, you should discipline
the mind. The heart is created for the realisation of God
The essence of Shirdi
Baba's teachings on the way to reach God is that you must
renounce the worldly pleasures, but the most important thing
is to open the heart in love of God.
Loving God exclusively
is the key-not thinking or intellectualising.
M.Badawi, Cairo, Egypt
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Every article in the Heritage of Shirdi Sai Magazine (Gurupurnima
issue 2006) really leads every one to dwell on the realm of
Spirituality in the quest for Liberation. Especially, the
Sai Path of Action given by Shri A.R.Nanda garu clearly drives
the human to run to Shirdi Sai Baba court for ever and for
ever, every second. It is rather exemplary in expression.
May Lord Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Bless All.
Bow To Shri Sai & Peace Be To All.
Subba Rao Lanka
Herewith, I would like to thank you for sending me the Newsletter
Sai Heritage E-Zine. I am a devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba and
I have never been to India and I have got to know my dear
Baba only by receiving one of his books. It just happened
that I found exactly the same book in a bookshop without even
looking for it. I love him very much and I had promised him
last year that if I could raise the assets of my children
to more every year then I would spend some amount of money
(which He knows Himself) for Shirdi Baba Temple. But since
last year somehow I have lost most of my assets and now I
am facing a lot of difficulties, I am sure my dear Baba will
help me to overcome this problem very soon. If one day I overcome
my problem I will surely come to India and spend the money
that I have promised my dear Baba. Right now unfortunately
I could not be of any help but by receiving your articles
it gives me a feeling that my dear Baba is behind all these
contacts just to show me that he is aware of what is going
on. I only would like to ask for my Dear Baba's energy to
be with me and my family, to overcome this problem.
OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES
SHIRDI SAI BABA
RAM NAVAMI CELEBRATION
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan,
Canada (Toronto) Cordially Invites all to Join in Celebrating
Ram Navami Festival on Saturday March 31 2007 program starting
with Kakad Aarti at 8:00am to Shej Aarti at 7:30pm – Maha
Abhishek& Alankar - Bhajan Sandhaya - Naam Jaap – Paalki
Procession – Preeti Bhoj (lunch & dinner with refreshments)
at 207 Queen’s Plate Dr. Etobicoke M9W 6Z7(Highway27 &
Rexdale just south of Humber College Blvd ). For further details
please visit http://www.shirdisainath.org/ or call 416-294-4804
THE RESOURCE CENTRE
Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan,
Canada is pleased to announce the establishment of it's first
Resource Centre in Woodbridge, Toronto. All visits are by
appointment only. Shri Sai Satcharita is available in all
languages. The Resource Centre is open Monday to Friday between
10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Location: Maple Crest Private School -
28 Roytech Rd. Woodbridge, On L4L 8E4 Ph: 905 - 652-6666.
For other Details call 416-294-4804 or visit http://www.shirdisainath.org/
SHIRDI SAI MANDIR, TORONTO, CANADA
The Shirdi Sai Mandir located at 2721 Markham Road, Toronto,
Ontario, M1X 1L5 (Intersection of Markham and Nashdene) is
open through out the day on Saturday, Sunday and holidays
and in the morning and evenings on all weekdays. Baba's Kakad
Aarti, Abhishek Puja, Madhyan Aarti, Dhoop Aarti, Satcharita
Reading and Shej Aarti are performed every day. Bhajans and
Sai Naam Sankirtan in the evening on Thursday and Saturday.
For information regarding the daily schedule, temple activities
and events please visit Mandir's website:http://www.theshirdisaimandir.com/
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 647-444-4724.
PERSATUAN SHIRDI SAI BABA SELANGOR, MALAYSIA
I belong to the Shirdi Sai Group (registered as Persatuan
Shirdi Sai Baba, Selangor), Malaysia. Sai Ram everybody. This
to inform Baba’s devotees in Malaysia and Singapore that every
Thursday we conduct prayers in the morning at 9.00 am and
bhajans and satsang in the evenings from 7.30 pm onwards.
Anyone who is interested in joining us may please contact
SP Kannan at 012-2739486; or Usha at 012-2392911; or Res:
03-33717540. Also if you come across any Malaysian devotees,
please direct them to us. Thank you and Sai Ram.
Shri Shirdi Sai
Sansthan Los Angeles
By the grace of our Shirdi
Sai we are happy to announce the inauguration of Shri Shirdi
Sai Temple in LA region in the city of Montebello. We need
the support of all Sai Devotees. For more information please
Shirdi Sai Center,
Bay Area, California
Location: 897-B E. Kifer Rd, Sunnyvale, CA - 94086
Daily timings and activities:
6:15 am – 7:40 am: Abhishekam and Kakad Arathi at 6:30 am
11.45 am – 12:30 pm: Madhyan Arathi at 12:00 pm
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Dhoop Arathi at 6:30 pm and Shej Arathi
at 8:30 pm
6:15 am – 7:40 am: Kakad Arathi at 6:30 am
11:00 am – 9:30 pm: Madhyan Arathi at 12:00 pm, Dhoop Arathi
at 6:30 pm and Shej Arathi at 8:30 pm
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Shirdi Sai Bhajans
For more information please
call 408-705-7904 / 408-564-6704 or send email to email@example.com
or visit our website at http://www.Shirdisaiparivaar.org
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